New England Events: January 2013
The New England holiday celebrations have ended, but the sparkle is still in the air. Check out upcoming major New England events, festivals and activities in January. See specific web sites to confirm dates and times, associated fees and parking information. Some events require advance ticket purchases.
For a full list of January events in New England, see the individual state links at the bottom of this page.
“Quinnetukut: Our Homeland, Our Story” follows the 10,000 year long story of Connecticut’s Native American People from the distant past to their lives and culture today. Presented in chronological order, Quinnetukut takes visitors from a time at the end of the Ice Age, when humans were first venturing into the area that we now call Connecticut all the way into the modern age. Discover the stories of survival, ingenuity and spiritual connections to Mother Earth as well as the technological and artistic accomplishments of the people who have always called this place home.
Through March 3, 2013
Bank of America City Center - Providence, Rhode Island
One of New England’s most popular winter destinations, the Skating Center offers a fun, family activity at an affordable price. The 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City! Nearby, you’ll find shopping, restaurants and entertainment at Providence Place.
January 4-6, 2013
New Bedford Whaling Museum – New Bedford, Massachusetts
The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates its annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece with a 3-day program of entertaining activities and events. Since 1995, the Museum has marked the anniversary of Herman Melville’s 1841 departure from the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven aboard the whale ship Acushnet with this midwinter tradition, which attracts hundreds of Melville enthusiasts from all walks of life.
January 5, 2013
Conway Scenic Railroad – North Conway, New Hampshire
A special charter by the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, this excursion is open to the public. Departing from the North Conway station for Sawyers River, the train will be powered by the 1921 Steam Locomotive #7470. On the return trip, numerous stops will be made for photo “run-bys,” so be sure to bring your camera! Reservations can also be made online. This event usually sells out — so make your reservations early! View photos.
January 11-12, 2013
This event showcases Greater Boston’s best musicians, singers, and dancers from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. BCMFest hosts an annual weekend-long festival that features more than 100 performers. Throughout the year, BCMFest organizes the Celtic Music Cruise, Boston Urban Ceilidh, and monthly Celtic Music Monday Sessions at Club Passim, which spotlight local Celtic musicians and singers.
January 12-13, 2013
The Mountain Top Inn - Chittenden, Vermont
One great feature of the Eastern Cup is that although it attracts some of the nation’s top skiers, it’s not just for the very fastest cross-country ski racers. Athletes of all speeds get to compete side-by-side. At The Mountain Top Inn, this race is open to the public and quite a sight to see.
January 19, 2013
Explore local winter wildlife with knowledgeable educators and relax by the campfire with refreshments. Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) offers outdoor exhibits of owls, eagles, falcons and other birds of prey, as well as flight demonstrations, ecology programs about the landscape and wildlife of Vermont, walking trails, and a nature shop featuring science kits, field guides, binoculars, toys and gifts.
January 19-20, 2013
Loon Mountain – Lincoln, New Hampshire
This annual event sponsored by Bud Light celebrates Loon’s snowmakers and its rich winter traditions. Ski with Uncle Sam on Stilts, and don’t miss the fireworks show on Saturday night!
January 19-21, 2013
Billings Museum & Farm – Woodstock, Vermont
Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides through the frosty farm fields, go sledding on jack jumper sleds, visit the dairy farm and restored farmhouse, view farm programs and participate in hands-on activities.
January 19-27, 2013
Every year during the month of January, Stowe comes alive with great winter fun featuring over ten exciting events, from the silly to the sublime. Events include the Stowe Super G Ski Race, Kids Carnival Kaos, the always hilarious Snowgolf & Snowvolleyball tournaments and the exciting NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition! Enjoy wonderful accommodations, great shopping opportunities, award-winning dining and of course, world-class skiing and snowboarding.
January 20, 2013
Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and the Flight Sim Spot. The aircraft include the WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, the F-104 Starfighter, several helicopters and more. As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a show featuring hundreds of plastic scale models of airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars. There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day. A food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and hot & cold drinks. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars.
January 24-26, 2013
This fun winter event celebrates the snowmobile. Watch exciting races across the lake and enjoy snowmobile displays, kid’s events, a snowmobile parade and fireworks. Try out a snowmobile ride or take a new Ski Plane Scenic flight (or helicopter ride) to see the action from up high. (This is also Snowmobile Reciprocity Weekend between Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in which anyone with a sled registered in any of the three states can ride in all three states.) Early registration is advised for rides.
January 25-26, 2013
Black Mountain – Jackson, New Hampshire
Sculptors create magical snow art for everyone to enjoy. Each team will be given a cylinder shaped block of snow 4 feet in diameter by 8 feet tall to create their snow sculptures. Judging is based on creativity, technique and message. Other activities planned for the long weekend include; Sleigh Rides, Children’s “Snow Art”, welcome dinner reception, Torchlight bonfire parade, S’Mores and other fun desserts!
January 25-27, 2013
Snow dog-racing competitors from throughout the northeastern United States and parts of Canada will take part in this annual event. Reserve your place on a dog sled or on the observation decks. This festival also features snowmobile rides; horse drawn carriage rides; ice skating; snow shoeing; ice fishing; a winter dance; public breakfasts, lunches and suppers; and a host of activities for young and old.
January 25-27, 2013
Smuggler's Notch, Vermont
A weekend of gear demos, clinics for the beginner to advanced climber, multimedia slideshows, dry tooling competition, raffles and camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smuggler’s Notch. At the Smugglers’ Notch Resort, it’s the Heritage Festival on Sunday, January 27. Come celebrate Winter with a guided snowshoeing nature walk at Smugglers’ Nordic Center, and sleigh rides, children’s story hour, a lasagna dinner, family contra dance, bonfire and fireworks. The Primitive Biathlon is on Saturday and Sunday at the Sterling Ridge Inn near Smuggs and spectators are welcome.
January 25-27, 2013
Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, Connecticut
A fabulous wine event at one of Connecticut’s famous casinos. Come for the Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Elite Cru Tasting, Bourbon Tasting and Bubbles & Bon Bons. Main Stage events and celebrity chef demonstrations during the Grand Tasting include demonstrations by Bobby Flay, Todd English and Jasper White. Guests can sample more than 1,000 fine wines and specialty beers. The Celebrity Chef Dine Around will feature delectable dishes prepared by world-famous chefs, television celebrities and cookbook authors. Each dish will be paired with extraordinary wines whose winemakers will be on-hand to meet and greet guests.
Starting January 26, 2013
The Audubon Shop - Madison, Connecticut
See America’s national symbol in the wild. Each winter Bald Eagles make their way down the Connecticut River from Canada in search of ice-free fishing. On this tour you will observe these majestic birds from a variety of locations along the river. Tours are usually sold out, so get your tickets early.
January 27, 2013
The Historic Inns of Rockland and over 20 participating “Pie Town” restaurants celebrate National Pie Day in “Pie Town U.S.A.” with the annual Pies on Parade® Pie Tour. Recently dubbed “Pie Town U.S.A.” by The Food Network, the city’s popular pie event will feature samples of more than 45 pies of all types made and presented by local inns and businesses. Common fruit pies, shepherd’s pie, pizza pies, Italian galettes, seafood pies, whoopie pies, quiches, and healthy gluten-free or sugar-free pies have been part of past pie tours. Walk to tour stops, or take a free trolley. Special lodging offers are extended by participating inns.
January 28-29, 2013
Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Old Sturbridge Village embraces the joys of an old fashioned winter with a “Fire and Ice” celebration, complete with ice skating, sledding on vintage 1830s sleds, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Visitors can watch the Mill Pond ice harvested with vintage ice-cutting tools and learn how early New Englanders cut blocks of ice and shipped them around the world before the invention of electrical refrigeration. Afterwards, guests can warm up with hot cider, stories, songs and fireside tales at the Bullard Tavern.
January 31, 2013
Harvard Square - Cambridge, Massachusetts
This year’s winner of the Hasty Pudding “Woman of the Year” award will parade down Massachusetts Ave in Harvard Square, accompanied by Hasty Pudding cast members! This annual award is bestowed by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals society at Harvard University. It is given to performers voted to have made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.” The Woman of the Year is given a day of celebration, including a colorful parade in her honor through Harvard Square.
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